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Llamas on hillside in Peru

Colorama
On view now

The Colorama was one of the longest running corporate advertising campaigns of the twentieth century. First conceived by Eastman Kodak Company in 1949, when Waldo B. Potter was its director of advertising operations, these massive backlit transparencies were designed to demonstrate the brilliance of color photography. Neil Montanus (American, 1927–2019) photographed 55 Coloramas–the most of any photographer. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Montanus was hired by Eastman Kodak as a staff photographer in 1954. Montanus’s picture was the second Colorama to depict the site of the Incan city of Machu Picchu.
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Upcoming Exhibitions

Camera Obscura Image of Gardens in George Eastman's Mother's Bedroom

Life with Photographs: 75 Years of the Eastman Museum
October 5, 2024–August 31, 2025

Life with Photographs: 75 Years of the Eastman Museum explores the many ways in which photographic objects have come to shape our everyday lives. The exhibition encompasses broad cultural histories and image-making practices.
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still from Abstronic

Mary Ellen Bute: Rhythms in Light
June 4–September 1, 2024

Featured are five films that showcase the signature style of “visual music” by early pioneer of experimental film animation, Mary Ellen Bute (American, 1906–1983).
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Past Exhibitions